Teacher Feature: Stephanie Britt prepares for the new year

By April Clark Honaker

Stephanie Britt is about to begin her fourth year of teaching science and social studies at Ruston Elementary. She, her husband Brian, and their children came to north Louisiana as short-term evacuees from Hurricane Rita. After feeling led to serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Ruston, they decided to move to Lincoln Parish. 

As a teenager, Britt spent time working with children through church.

“I enjoyed being with the kids and being a positive influence on them,” she said.

When Britt was halfway through her junior year of college and majoring in business, she realized she no longer felt called in that direction. In reflecting on her time spent working with children in vacation Bible schools, Britt said, “I felt the Lord was leading me towards teaching.” 

Only needing one extra semester, Britt changed majors and earned her bachelor’s in education from East Texas Baptist University. She then spent three years teaching in Texas after earning her degree. When she and her family moved to Lincoln Parish, Britt stayed home with her children and then spent two years working as a paraprofessional at Glenview Elementary in the computer lab.

“I just had so much fun,” she said, ‘but I couldn’t wait to have my own classroom.” 

When a teaching position opened at Ruston Elementary, Britt jumped at the opportunity. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know her students and being someone they can talk to.

“I love teaching them of course, but I also love showing God’s love through teaching,” she said.

For Britt, one of the best things about teaching science and social studies is that these subjects are already interesting, and the kids are ready to learn about them. Britt teaches about Louisiana culture and history, including Mardi Gras, festivals and more. During the 2021-2022 school year, the kids made Mardi Gras floats, visited Poverty Point, participated in festival poster contests, listened to a jazz band and ate Louisiana food. 

When it comes to science, Britt said, “The kids love to do experiments, so they’re ready for that. They get to do something they don’t usually get to do.”

She said they learn about weather, space, magnets, and animals. Another truly rewarding thing for Britt is seeing the kids go out in the world with their families and make connections with the things they’re learning in the classroom. When they see the Mississippi River, visit New Orleans, or hike Mt. Driskell, Britt lets them share their experiences with the whole class. 

“I love when they carry their knowledge home with them,” she said, “and when they let me know they haven’t forgotten it.”

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